We have just returned from our Grandeur of the Seas cruise through the Southern Caribbean. This was my first cruise and my partner's first as an adult. We both found the whole experience to be extremely good, not great. I say not great because no part of the experience exceeded our expectations. Maybe we expected too much. The service was very good, the food was good, the activities were OK. The entertainment was good. Overall, we had a very good time. I just was expecting to be "wowed", based on all that I had heard about cruising.
We were upgraded, initially, to a Junior Suite on the 8th deck, aft. I loved this idea because the balcony is so much bigger than the others. That is why, when I was offered an upgrade to a Grand Suite the week before we left, I said no. The Grand Suites were all up front underneath the Windjammer. I had heard stories about chairs being dragged across the floor at all hours and the balconies were not as big. I'LL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN! If we had taken the Grand Suite, we would have saved an hour of embarkation, gotten many of the spiffs that go with a Suite and gotten a bigger room, too. As it turned out, I spent a total of about 10 minutes on our balcony the whole seven nights. The balcony, however, was magnificent, I just never went out there.
This brings me to the room. I was certainly expecting, after a $48 million dollar renovation,that the room would have been pretty nice. It was a flashback to the 1970's. It was very clean, but the furnishings, except for the flat-screen TV, all seemed old. The carpet was new, I think. And the toilet seat? would someone please explain to me why the toilet seat is only 2
inches at the widest point? Everything else about the toilet was regular except the seat, I might as well have been sitting on the bowl itself.
I found out, after booking this cruise, that it was an "Immersion Cruise", which meant most of the passengers(95%) were Spanish speaking. This was not a big problem, as my partner speaks Spanish fluently. Towards the end of the cruise, I found myself eager to converse with other passengers in a common language, but that is my issue, not RCI's.
Obviously, I had no interest in any of the entertainment, as it was all in Spanish. I did go to see Hector, the Magician, as I figured I'd understand the illusions, at least and my partner
did translate everything to me as he was talking.
The crew all spoke English, so I had no problems with getting around. After our first port, however, all announcements were only in Spanish.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. I will definitely consider another cruise, but I don't find myself craving the next one, as so many seem to. I think I will be more satisfied on
a Cruise Line that is not so "family oriented". Children are nice, but I think I prefer them on land.
Royal Caribbean is awesome. I would like to continue cruising with this line, maybe on a CELEBRITY cruise next time. I think that CELEBRITY is their "upgrade" version. I have been told that it is kind of the LEXUS for RCI. I'll have to do some research on the CELEBRITY demographics. I think this is how I can have a better experience and still retain my "loyalty benefits".